Washington National Opera: Iphigénie en Tauride

Friday, May 06, 2011 - Saturday, May 28, 2011


$65.00 - $300.00

Run Time:

2 hrs. 5 min.

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Christoph Willibald Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride
Libretto by Nicolas-François Guillard

Iphigénie, high priestess of Taurus, is tormented by dreams of her family's bloody past and intimations of violence in the future. Will she accede to the barbaric King Thoas' demands and murder her own brother? Can she survive in this world of bloodshed and fear? Gluck's masterpiece, Iphigénie en Tauride, with its sweeping score and dramatic story is enjoying a renaissance at major opera houses around the world.
This company premiere features an outstanding cast led by soprano Patricia Racette, "the consummate singing actress" (Chicago Tribune). Hailed as the "greatest operatic artist of modern time" (The Guardian), world-renowned tenor Plácido Domingo sings Oreste, Iphigénie's long-lost brother who is condemned to death. William Lacey returns to the podium to lead this powerful production from Oviedo, Spain by Emilio Sagi.

Performed in French with English supertitles.
Supertitles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra; please contact WNO Audiences Services at (202) 295-2400 for further information.

The performance runs approximately 2 hours, with one 20-minute intermission.
PLEASE NOTE: Late seating is not permitted during the performance. Monitors are available outside of the Opera House for late arrivals to view the opera. Patrons may take their seats during the first intermission. Please plan travel carefully and allow extra time for traffic, parking, and walking to the Opera House.

Free Pre-Performance Lectures in the Opera House - Thu, May. 12 & Fri, May 20 at 6:15 p.m.
Patrons must present a ticket or stub from any performance of this production.

Artist Q&A follows the matinee performance, Sun, May 15 and Mon eve, May 9 .

NOTE: Tickets for this production went on sale at the KC Box Office on Mon., Nov. 29. 


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